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DIY Concrete Table ~ Plus DIY Solar Lamps

Are you ready to take your outdoor (or indoor) decor to the next level? I’m here, as promised, to show you how to create the DIY concrete table that we built for our backyard fire pit reveal last week. Plus, I’m also going to share how I create two different solar lamps for a few dollars too. To make things even sweeter, I have yet another giveaway for you to help you get the job done right. So much to share, so let’s get started!

Build this Concrete Table for Less than $30. Easy-to-follow build plans by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The best part about these concrete tables is that they are very versatile. You can size it to meet your needs and they even look wonderful in your interior decor. I will get to the solar lamps in a bit, so hang in there.

Adirondack Chairs by DFOHome for DIY Fire Pit by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

We made both tables with flat surfaces, but one with an inserted cylinder to hold roasting sticks when not in use.

Concrete Table for Fire Pit with Roasting Stick Holder. DIY Build Plans by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. Giveaway prize provided by HomeRight (see full disclosure)

Ready to get started? Here is what you’ll need for one table:

TERMS OF USE: when you build this concrete table, you agree to the following: it cannot be shared or distributed for monetary gain in any way, it may not be modified in any way, and you may not claim the work as your own. This table design can not be used as decor in a store either online or brick and mortar. Thanks for complying!

Materials: use treated wood for outdoor tables, or naturally rot resistant wood like cedar or cypress. Cuts outlined within post.

Tools:

DIY Concrete Table Top

Step 1

Here is what your concrete form will look like when assembled. We made ours out of scrap wood and it can be used more than once. To create two tables at the same time, we built two so they would cure at the same pace.

Concrete Form for Tables | prodigalpieces.com

Attach the side pieces together with screws at corners. Then attach the base to the frame with more screws through the bottom of the plywood.

note: If you are making the roasting stick table, center the terra cotta drain pipe in the form before pouring concrete.

Making Fire Pit Concrete Table | prodigalpieces.com

Step 2

Mix up your concrete per manufacturer’s instructions using a 5 gallon bucket and mixing drill bit. We used concrete we had on hand, but if we had to do it over we might try the concrete for countertops. Our choice led to a more rough texture, but worked.

Mixing Concrete | prodigalpieces.com

Step 3

Pour a bit of concrete into the form then place your cut piece of chicken wire into the concrete making sure not to press it to the bottom. Pour the remaining concrete to fill the form. (note: We cut a hole in the chicken wire and slid it over the terra cotta drain pipe on the other table)

Pouring Concrete into Form | prodigalpieces.com

Step 4

Drag a scrap piece of wood across the form to level out the concrete. Gently shake or tap the form to make air bubbles come to the surface. Let cure per manufacturer’s instructions (approx. 24 hours)

Step 5

After letting your table top cure, it’s time to fill in the bubbles and imperfections. Mix up a small amount of concrete and patch those spots. When dry, sand them down with 80 grit paper. It can be messy! Just be sure to use a mask and protection as with any job. Y’all know you want to be just like me when you grow up, right?

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces workin' hard | prodigalpieces.com

You can see behind me that I tried a batch of colored concrete to fill in the bubbles, but it didn’t come out quite as I liked it to be. So, I went back over with a skim coat of regular old stuff.

Step 6

Now your DIY concrete table top is ready for the sealant. We used Thompson’s WaterSeal and brushed it on. It, too, has to cure approximately 24 hours.

Applying Waterproof Topcoat to Concrete Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

While you’re top is curing it’s time to build the base. Hoo-Rah!!

DIY Concrete Table Base

Cut instructions for double-beveled legs: (leave out the bevel for straight leg design or do a single bevel – up to you)

  • From the 4″ x 4″ x 8″ – cut & rip 4 pieces measuring 20 ¼” x 2 ¾ x 2 ¾” with both ends cut on a double bevel at 7° (see below)
  • From the 4″ x 4″ scrap:
    • 2 – 13″ x 2 ¾” x ¾”
    • 2 – 5 ¾” x 2 ¾” x ¾”
    • 4 – 2″ x ¾” x ¾”
  • From the 2″ x 4″ x 8″:
    • 2 leg braces – 9 ½” long with 7° mitered ends
    • 1 stretcher – 13 ½” long with 7° mitered ends

Step 1

Here is a look at a dry fit of your leg base side. Notice the legs will be pointing inward toward the center (aka. double bevel)

Table Legs for Concrete Table | prodigalpieces.com

Before assembling, take you sander and 120 grit pads and round over the leg corner sides as seen in our tables. That will make for a better wear-and-tear design as well as make the table more sleek.

Step 2

Measure 3 ¾” and 7 ¼” up the inside of the leg and mark with your quick square to the outside. Drill two holes an inch apart on the outside towards center using your 5/16″ drill bit. This will be where your crosspiece is attached. To get the same countersunk depth, use tape to mark at 1 ½” up from the bit end.

Marking Drill Bit for Countersunk Screw Depth | prodigalpieces.com

Step 3

Attach crosspieces with 3″ screws. To make for a rustic feel we decided to cover those holes with a faux mortise and tenon joint using a small bit of wood. Round over the corners to give it a realistic appeal.

Faux Mortise and Tenon Joint for DIY Concrete Table by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

We have made the real deal mortise and tenon in our Pottery Barn knock-off bench by hand, but wanted to make this simple for you. Just add a bit of wood glue and attach using your nailer and 1″ brads.

Step 4

Attach your stretcher between the two leg braces with two 3″ screws on each side.  Mark your screw locations so that the stretcher will be attached at the horizontal center of each brace.  You could cover the visible screw holes with another faux tenon if you prefer.

Step 5

Time to add the table top support and then your DIY concrete table base will look like this…

DIY Concrete Table Base with Plans by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Use your Kreg Jig to create two sets of pocket hole joints on each end of the short pieces using your 4″ x 4″ scrap. (see photo) Assemble the frame and then attach using screws to the table base.

Step 6

Time for some fun! I am totally blown away by the new HomeRight Finish Max Extra because it has an assortment of tips that makes switching from one job to the next so much easier. And…it makes the three other sprayers I have obsolete because this one does it all.

HomeRight Finish Max Extra with Multiple Tips for Multiple Types of Jobs | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You can imagine this made my project so much easier. I detailed the use of it in this video below. I had a blast! literally…
Now that everything has been built and tweaked, it’s time for one last step.

Step 7

Using your concrete adhesive, apply a generous amount to the top of the table frame. Square up and center your concrete table top and press allowing time for it to cure. Feel free to use bricks or other material as counter-weight to hold it in place.

And your DIY concrete table is done!

Concrete Fire Pit Table with Roasting Stick Holder by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

Backyard Fire Pit with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

DIY Outdoor Concrete Table for Patio or Deck (or even indoors!) by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Okay, so you have your tables, but want to add a little more fun to your outdoor decor? How about a couple of super cheap easy DIY solar lamps? First, this lamp is for our patio using a thrifted lamp base and shade. Cost = $5

DIY Solar Lamps

DIY Solar Lamp for Outdoor Patio Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies to make a DIY Solar Lamp by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

  • thrifted lamp with harp (part that holds shade on)
  • thrifted shade
  • cheap $2 solar light
  • Gorilla Glue
  • spray paint (if desired)

Step 1

First, remove the wiring and put the harp back on.

Supplies to make a DIY Solar Lamp by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Step 2

Next, spray your lamp with desired paint. I used an Antique Brass by RustOleum.

Antique Brass Paint by RustOleum | prodigalpieces.com

Step 3

Last, take apart solar light so that the bottom stake is removed and only the light housing is left. Glue to the lamp and let cure.

DIY Solar Lamp Inside | prodigalpieces.com

Enjoy! This was such a fun accent to our patio. My kids love it.

DIY Solar Powered Lamp Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now for the other little addition that was next to free to create. I bought 3 of those same solar lights and simply drilled a hole in some of our firewood and set them around our fire pit.

DIY Repurposed Log Table with Solar Light by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

We love that they add a rustic feel, but also a bit of safety when moving around in the dark. Plus, an extra spot to set a drink.

Just use a spade bit or forstner bit to create a hole the size of the stake and plug it in.

Creating a DIY Solar Lamp with a Log by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Family Sitting Fireside at DIY Fire Pit by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Easy peasy and so much fun! Speaking of fun, I have another Finish Max Extra sprayer to give away to one of you. All you need to do is fill out the widget below for as many entries as you like. Open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 years of age and older. GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

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Do pin and share this DIY concrete table tutorial along with the solar lamps to inspire others to get out there and try. DIY is fun!!

Build this DIY concrete table for less than $30. PLUS, create the solar lamps for under $5 each. You can't beat it! Build plans and tutorials at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

In addition, here is a collection of links to all the DIY’s we share that helped us get our backyard in shape:

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Comments

  1. Karen says

    Great job. The “solar lamp ” adds the finishing touch.

  2. ColleenB.~Texas says

    What darling little cement tables. They look great with your lawn furniture.
    Them cute little cement tables would make for great potted plant stands.
    Thank U 4 this wonderful giveaway opportunity

  3. Claudine says

    Thanks so much for the video! You make it clear and take away the mystery of how to use the sprayer. I am much closer to convincing hubby that we “need” one now! 🙂
    The backyard is beautiful…what a wonderful place for the family to hang out together.

    • Larissa says

      My pleasure, Claudine. They really make my work so much easier.

  4. Deb says

    I love this! My Bedroom needs a redo from top to bottom a HomeRight Finish Max Extra would make my life way easier! Thank you for all your creations!

    • Larissa says

      Wonderful! Sounds like this tool would be perfect for you.

  5. Mary Kaiser says

    I love all of it, it turned out so beautiful.

  6. Brenda Penton says

    I would first tackle my deck that needs to be restained and then an old dresser I have.

  7. Barbara Brannon says

    As always – you amaze me with your ingenuity and talents! Thanks for the chance to win the sprayer! Can certainly use it as I have a rocking chair project coming up I’d like to use this on! OH – those spindles!!!

    • Larissa says

      You just made my day, Barbara. We have fun sharing. And yes, no need to tell me about spindles…oy!

  8. Frances Batson says

    I love the tables and lamps. I know you will enjoy the for years to come.

  9. Nancy says

    I would love a sprayer to help paint a bedroom set I am re-doing for my son to take to his first apartment. Thanks so much!

  10. Cindy says

    Love the solar lamp on the patio. I definitely will try this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Carole says

    Beautiful, as always! Love the idea of the solar lamps. That sprayer is awesome. I sure could use it to repaint my porch. Those spindles are so hard to get done with a brush.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! The lamps just take it to the next level, know what I mean? You will love this tool for sure.

  12. Cathy says

    Love this project – looks like something for a novice like me. If I won this sprayer, I would use it to give the bench we inherited when my father-in-law passed away a wonderful makeover!

  13. Cathy says

    And I pinned this too!!

  14. Kim says

    Loved the tables! Wouldn’t have thought to use them indoors, but what a great idea!!

    • Larissa says

      Many have concrete in their homes from counters to furniture. Such a versatile medium. Love!

  15. Debrashoppeno5 says

    I love both projects. I like the idea of the concrete table top because the weather is so harsh on furniture. You won’t have to replace these any time soon because they will hold up.

  16. Rebecca says

    I love all the ideas and your instructions make me feel confident that I too, could do it! The solar lights are a sweeeet addition, so warm and cozy.

  17. Karen Sweitzer says

    Larissa, I am just loving your new back yard. Loved it before the new addition. .. love it even more now!!

    • Larissa says

      You and me both! haha… We are so blessed to be able to do anything with our space and love that we can share it with you all. Thanks, Karen!

  18. Barb B. says

    I love your concrete tables especially the table to hold roasting sticks. What a great idea!

    • Larissa says

      The best part for me is that they don’t blow away or tip over easily. Thanks, Barb!

  19. Molly says

    Your backyard is looking fabulous!

  20. Maureen Clipperton says

    You did an awesome job on the yard. I have a large desk bookcase combo. I’d love to paint it. This prize would be a perfect project to try it on.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Maureen. That would be a sweet project for it.

  21. Kaycee says

    Larissa, Y’all did it again, awesome finishing touches to your backyard retreat! I love using solar lights too, but when you add them to old outdated lamps, it a beautiful trashure!

    • Larissa says

      Woot, woot! We are so excited to have this side done. Now we have moved on to the other side. More coming soon!

  22. Nancy(fangles) Brown says

    My husband always says you need the right tool for the job… Looks like the HomeRight tools are the right ones!
    I Keep trying! Thanks for all of the great inspiration Larissa!

  23. Marcia says

    Love the tables and the solar light ideas. We have a wicker furniture set that is begging for that paint sprayer!

  24. Jane says

    I’m going to find a way to build me a fire pit and use some logs like you did. They are really cool! I have been trying to convince hubby to paint our faded garage doors (you know it has to be his idea). So this year he decided we need to do this and now we are deciding on the color. Sure would be great to have that sprayer!!

    • Larissa says

      That’s awesome, Jane! hahaha…yes on the husband tip. 😉

  25. Kimberly says

    I love the look of these tables. And what a creative use of cheap solar lights to make something that looks so custom!
    A Homeright sprayer would certainly come in handy to paint a bunch of mismatched chairs I want to use around my table.

    • Larissa says

      It was a last minute idea to fill in the gaps, and I’m so glad we had some wood on hand. Yay!

  26. Gilmer Gal says

    That is one fun family friendly fabulous firepit! Loving the little tables!

  27. Fran says

    LOVE the solar lamp! As always, you “kicked it up a notch”!!!

  28. Renee' says

    I am very envious of your fire pit! What a great area to get together! I could see sitting there for a family gathering and having the whole neighborhood join in! Great job as always!!! As far as the sprayer is concerned, the one that I have stinks and I would LOVE a new one that works correctly! It looks as if the Home Right brand might fit that bill!

    • Larissa says

      We sure hope to make many memories there, Renee. Thank you! I sure hope you do as you will love it with the new features.

  29. Annie says

    Your backyard is so inviting and cozy. I love the concrete tables and those cool solar lights. I can’t wait to put a couple of those lights on my patio.
    Your projects are alway unique, thrifty and makeable.
    Thanks again for sharing your talents.

  30. Deb Wostmann says

    I must make those tables. Love them!

  31. christina kintyhtt says

    wonderful job loving your new back yard

    • Larissa says

      What a fun way to spend our summer, right? Thank you, Christina.

  32. Laurie Bowers says

    You have the best DIY projects! Thanks for sharing! I have a buffet that’s been handed down from my husband’s family – it desperately needs a make-over!

    • Larissa says

      That means so much as we try to share things that will help others in their DIY adventure. Thank you!

  33. Marie|The Interior Frugalista says

    Love your concrete tables, Larissa, especially the one to hold roasting sticks! May just steal your log solar light idea for our firepit area, very clever.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Marie! I was so tired of tripping over our other ones and wanted a safe way to store them Win-win!

  34. Cindy Downing says

    Absolutely love these.. especially the lamps..so easy….i want to paintvmy dresser with the homeright!!

  35. Allison Robertson says

    Love this!! I would spend all day in your backyard! I would use a HomeRight Finish Max Extra on a vintage round farmhouse table I scored from an online auction.

  36. kimmylouwho says

    Great project ideas! I would love that paint sprayer; have plenty of projects ready for it. I want to spray a dresser & nightstand for a guest room maker-over!

  37. Constance Colvin says

    Larissa! You have a real genius for invention!

  38. Kelly Youngblood says

    I love the whole firepit area, Larissa and the tables (and lights) are just the icing on the cake!

    • Larissa says

      I had said that too when we were done. They reminded me of candles on a birthday cake. Thanks, Kelly!

  39. Patty Soriano says

    Larissa, both very awesome projects! You two are amazing! Would love to have more solar goodies around the yard or patio, but that same sun becomes the Death Star here in texas. A lampshade wouldn’t have a chance of surviving a whole summer outside. Would love to win that sprayer though! Might have to take care of the lattice first on the deck, but then it can be for all sorts of furniture projects! Thanks for the chance!

    • Larissa says

      Oy! Yes, I bet. I have seen the lamps made with the more expensive versions just glued on top with no shade. You could try that, maybe.

  40. patty soriano says

    it’s pinned !

  41. Karie Gallegos says

    I really love the cement tables and I would love it if my husband could make a couple for me….I think they would even be fun to have in our family room inside….Thanks for sharing!

    • Larissa says

      Maybe ask him nice while serving pie. hahaha…hope you get some made!

  42. Stefanie says

    I love everything you do!

  43. Debra Wise says

    Love this and the firepit area. Makes me want one like it. Appreciate the inspiration you always give us. Would love to win the sprayer to start my tool collection as I now have to paint by hand. Fun but time consuming.

  44. Michelle Davidson says

    I really love the concrete tables, they go amazing in your new fire pit area. I would use the HomeRight Finish Max Extra to paint large furniture. It seems like such a chore without a sprayer and I think I would be encouraged to create more with it!

    • Larissa says

      They added function and form for us, and we’re happy to share. Thank you!

  45. Michelle Davidson says

    Do the chances for the drawing show up later? The box above shows 0/25 chances but I did each activity as directed. You can tell I don’t get all the technicalities of websites still, ugh….

    • Larissa says

      I added you manually for a blog comment and Pinterest, did you do others? Just let me know and I’ll add it. Sorry for the trouble!

  46. Tyler B says

    I love these ideas! The style of the table is perfect! We have some solar lights that we got crazy cheap thanks to a rebate thing at Menards last year, I am going to have to put some of these ideas to use! And I would LOVE that sprayer! I am going to paint my doors this summer and using the time would sure beat dragging the industrial sprayer over from the farm!

    • Larissa says

      How fun is that? Sounds like you got quite the haul and it’s time to DIY! 😀

  47. Tyler B says

    I also pinned this post!

  48. Will G says

    I would probably tackle our deck.

  49. Pam Perry says

    LOVE it all!!! If I received a sprayer it would be so much easier to handle a huge project I have to redo a vintage wicker set from the 1940’s waiting in my garage!

  50. Deanne says

    I do want to “grow up to be like you!” So with That being said… I really want to tackle the Concrete Side Tables. And I Need A Homeright sprayer for all my Big Pieces Of furniture That I Am Inspired By you To Refinish

  51. Rachel says

    I would like to tackle a table and chair set for our basement that I found at a rummage sale.

  52. Dan Dykstra says

    I really like your projects. The cement table looks really sweet. I would like to tackle our cabinets, they need refinishing.

  53. Donna Gonzalez says

    My vintage porch glider.

  54. Donna Marchlewski says

    I would paint our deck furniture.

  55. Penny says

    I would quit buying spray paint, which I use to paint my vintage metal patio furniture, every year. This sounds so much better!! Thank You!

  56. Marie Pearson says

    What a clever use of solar landscaping lights. A few years ago I bought all that Wal-Mart had left at the end of the season for $2.00 ea. I’ve been using them ever since. Now I know what I’ll do with the remaining lights. That Homeright Sprayer looks fantastic! I’d love to win. Thanks for all your great blog posts!

  57. Carol S says

    I am crazy about concrete. Thanks for the new inspiration!

  58. Robin Defenbaugh says

    I would repaint my outdoor furniture. Love your fire pit area!

  59. MaryAnn Smith says

    I would paint the side tables I have been meaning to paint for years.

  60. Patty says

    I don’t know why but I am still not getting your blog. I just liked you on facebook so I will get it that way. It’s funny but all of a sudden some blogs will stop being sent to me and then all of a sudden they re-appear. Love your blog.

    • Larissa says

      Hmm…so, not getting the emails that go out? Maybe I can manually try to add you. Just let me know. Sorry for the hassle!

  61. Jessica Gipson says

    I would tackle my vintage furniture project, I would bring them to life with a fresh coat of paint.

  62. Laura says

    That solar lamp is fantastic! Now to create a backyard space for it…
    If I won the sprayer, my first project would be to convert the ugly TV stand/cabinet (my son got for free in college & abandoned) in our garage into a tall beverage server (like those cute Pintrist outdoor party lemonade/tea stands). At least that’s my vision for it…

  63. Mary West says

    I have an old outdoor table that I’ve wanting to repaint, I would tackle that first! I told my husband I want to make these stands for our next project! I love them!

  64. Charlene says

    Love the design of the table legs. I would love a versatile sprayer of my own, that way I don’t have to borrow my husband’s.

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